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John Kerry on Climate: "God's Work Must Truly Be Our Own"

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry will be named as special presidential envoy for climate by President-elect Joe Biden at an event on Tuesday where he introduced his picks for diplomatic positions.

"Joe Biden is determined to seize the future now and leave a healing planet to future generations," Kerry said. "57 years ago this week Joe Biden and I were college kids when we lost the president who inspired both of us to try and make a difference. A president who reminded us that here on Earth God's work must truly be our own. President Joe Biden will trust in God and he will also trust in science to guide our work on Earth to protect God's creation."


KERRY: Mr. President-Elect, Vice President-Elect Harris, thank you, Mr. President-Elect, for your generous words and most of all thank you for the trust and the responsibility of this appointment. I will do all in my power to live up to your expectations and to this moment for our country and for though world and I begin by thanking my family for empowering me and encouraging me to take this task on.

Secretary-designate Blinken, we've worked together for many years on the Foreign Relations Committee and in Foggy Bottom, and it will be a huge pleasure to partner with you again. You will be a terrific secretary.

Mr. President-Elect, you've put forward a bold, transformative climate plan, but you've also underscored that no country alone can solve this challenge. Even the United States, for all of our industrial strength, is responsible for only 13 percent of global emissions. In this crisis, the whole world must come together.

You're right to rejoin Paris on day one, and you're right to recognize that Paris alone is not enough. At the global meeting in Glasgow one year from now, all nations must raise ambition together or we will all fail together. And failure is not an option. Succeeding together means tapping into the best of American ingenuity and creativity and diplomacy from brainpower to alternative energy power, using every tool we have to get where we have to go.

No one should doubt the determination of this president and vice president. They shouldn't doubt the determination of the country that went to the moon, cured supposedly incurable diseases, and beat back global tyranny to beat world war--to win World War II. This kind of crisis demands that kind of leadership again, and President Biden will provide it.

The road ahead is exciting, actually. It means creating millions of middle-class jobs. It means less pollution in our air, ocean. It means making life healthier for citizens across the world, and it means we will strengthen the security of every nation in the world. In addressing the climate crisis, President-Elect Joe Biden is determined to seize the future now and leave the healing planet to future generations.

57 years ago this week, Joe Biden and I were college kids when we lost the president who inspired both of us to try to make a difference, a president who reminded us that here on earth God's work must truly be our own. President Joe Biden will trust in God and he will also trust in science to guide our work on earth to protect God's creation.

Mr. President-Elect and Vice President-Elect Harris, I look forward to getting to work. Thank you.


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